2021 POLICY PLATFORM
CNE believes that the future of Chattanooga is rooted in the vibrancy of all our neighborhoods and the prosperity of all our people.
In 2020, the importance of local leadership and civic involvement in supporting a community where there is fair access to wealth-building opportunities and resources for working families is more apparent than ever. Access to a safe and secure place to call home is at the center of our city’s economic security, success and the well-being of its residents. The pandemic and resulting economic fallout, coupled with widespread civil unrest around the issues of racial equity and social justice, have focused our attention on the fact that we must create an inclusive city that serves and provides opportunities for all Chattanoogans.
It is against this backdrop that CNE is calling on our community’s political leadership – current elected officials as well as those who are actively seeking office – to create and sustain a vision for our city. Chattanooga is experiencing rising housing costs and stagnating incomes. Low-income households and people of color continue to disproportionately live in neighborhoods with substandard housing and few amenities. This presents a compelling need to create policies and programs that recognize housing and neighborhoods as an essential component of a prosperous, inclusive city.